AT&T has just become the first wireless carrier in the world to offer the HP Veer 4G, a powerful smartphone that’s smaller than a credit card. It runs the latest version of the webOS, and includes a touchscreen, keyboard, and a 5 megapixel camera.
This model is going to be for those looking for an easily portable device that doesn’t skimp on features. Still, some might not like the small 2.6-inch 320 x 400 pixel Touchscreen or the minute portrait-oriented sliding keyboard.
Devices running HP’s operating system don’t have memory card slots, but the Veer does include 8 GB of internal storage. It won’t have a 3.5mm headset jack, but will instead use on a custom design that holds the headset on with magnets.
AT&T is calling its version the HP Veer 4G because it will support its 4G HSPA+ cellular-wireless data network. It is also going to offer Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, plus a GPS receiver, a mobile hotspot app, and a 5 megapixel camera.
HP’s webOS is a multi-tasking, touch-oriented operating system able to wirelessly synchronize a wide variety of data with online services like Google, Yahoo, and Facebook, as well as Microsoft Exchange. It includes a suite of software for access the Web, working with email, and much more, plus the webOS includes an on-device app store.
Price and Availability
The feature set for the HP Veer 4G makes it a mid-range smartphone, and that’s the way AT&T has priced it: it costs $100 with a two-year wireless service contract which includes at least a $15 a month of data service. This smartphone sells for $450 without a contract.
It is available now on AT&T’s website. This product is also being sold in this carrier’s own chain of retail stores.